How to Tell Wild Animals Extra Answers Questions Class 10 English

Extra questions based on the poem ‘How to tell wild animals’ Class 10. The questions also include the collection from the official CBSE Question Bank. Click here for more study materials on class 10 English.

How to tell wild animals in Hindi

From CBSE Q. Bank 2020-21

Latest CBSE Official Question Bank is available, till now, listed as 2020-21. All important questions are given below.

Short Answer Type Questions

1. “If he roars at you as you’re dyin’/ You’ll know it is the Asian Lion…” Comment on the irony of the quote from the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

2. Hyperbole is a literary device used when the poet exaggerates an image to make it comical. State two instances from the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals” where the literary device is used.

3. “If there is nothing on the tree, / ’Tis the chameleon you see.” Briefly explain the paradox of the quote.


1. The irony in this line is that no person would want to identify the beast like this, costing one’s life. if we ever go to jungle to see a lion from close quarters, we may be attacked by the wild animal. In that case, we may not be alive to know that it’s the Asian Lion.

2. The device hyperbole has been used at many instances like –

“Just notice if he eats you” and “Who hugs you very, very hard” or ‘If there is nothing on the tree, this the chameleon you see’. A chameleon may be camouflaged but not invisible‘. In all these instances, the poet has used extreme narrative of how a tiger and a bear would attack a person. A chameleon may be camouflaged but not invisible, so hyperbole is here also.

3. Paradox is a logically self-contradictory statement. Here, ‘nothing on the tree’ and ‘it’s the chameleon’ may seem contradictory to each other but it stands true for the case of a chameleon as it camouflages itself with its surroundings to become invisible but in reality, it is present there and so the next line contradicts the former one.

1. Which genre is most appropriate for the poem? Substantiate your choice with reference to the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

2. “All knowledge is useful. But not all knowledge is worth the cost.” Elaborate on the quote in the context of the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.

3. Would you agree that the poet has an in-depth knowledge of the wild? Support the statement in context of the poem “How to Tell Wild Animals”.


1. The poem relates to ‘Light Verse’ genre which is a poetry that is mostly for fun. The poem ‘How to tell Wild Animals’ is a humorous poem. The poet suggests some dangerous ways to identify wild animals that create humour.

2. The above quote is very true in the case of the poem ‘How to Tell wild Animals’. In the poem, the poet tells the reader how to identify different beasts of the forest.

However, in most of the descriptions, the reader is asked to get eaten by the ferocious beasts in order to identify it. However, no person in the world would be ready to learn or get such knowledge of identifying the beasts at the cost of their lives. But it definitely creates humour that keeps us light throughout the poem along with the knowledge it imparts.

3. Yes, I tend to agree that the poetess has an in-depth knowledge of the wild. She has described the various wild animals. These animals are very dangerous and she has introduced them one by one and in great details. She treats even ferocious animals and beasts with a coat of gentle but weird humour.

Long Answer Type Questions

1. Imagine the poet meets Mijbil, the otter. Write a detailed account of the characteristics the poet could use for her poem, if she were to write about telling an otter.

2. Write a letter to the poet detailing your favourite aspects of the poem and the ones that you did not like. Include a request about which animal you’d like her to exclusively compose a poem on. Give reason/s for your choice.
18 July XXXX
Dear Ms. Wells
I just read your poem “How to Tell Wild Animals” and enjoyed it thoroughly!
………………………. (continue)………………………….
Yours sincerely


1. An otter is an unusual wild animal that is found near a place which is close to waters. It really enjoys the company of water and couldn’t resist playing in it. Although an otter is not a common pet, it can be one if given a lot of love and the utmost care. Otters are intelligent animals. They even invent new games on their own. They have many similarities between them and the little children. Otters have a great tendency to learn. They adapt to new surroundings after a few days. One needs patience to deal with an otter. It is a hyperactive animal that continuously needs attention and playtime.

2. Answer:

18 July XXXX
Dear Ms. Wells
I just read your poem “How to Tell Wild Animals “and enjoyed it thoroughly! You have wonderfully described how to recognise the animals by their physical appearance and behavioural natural instincts. The poem is also rich in the use of the poetic devices like irony and poetic license. The poem has brief yet humorous descriptions and there is not even a single dull moment in it. But I would confess that I really didn’t like the mention of hyenas and crocodiles as it was quite rare and unfamiliar. The description of these animals gives a chill in one’s spinal code. But the description of rest of the animals was quite hilarious.

I would love if you compose one such poem on elephants or snakes. Preferably elephants as I’m sure children will definitely like it as elephants are seen unharmful despite their dangerous outlook. I request you describe its virtue, how it is helpful to us. No doubt that all will be presented in a funny way as the poem ‘How to tell wild animals’.
Yours sincerely

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